Grand Prix Hassan II 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The ATP makes its only stop on the African continent with the clay-court Grand Prix Hassan II. The event will help players tune up their clay strokes and slides as the French Open looms less than two months away.
This tournament features a strong but not elite field. Tommy Robredo beat Kevin Anderson to take this title last year. Robredo is not back to defend his title, but Anderson has returned, and he is the top seed. You can view the draw on ATPWorldTour.com.
Gael Monfils enters as the No. 2 seed, though the Frenchman has never advanced past the quarterfinals of this event. Monfils is playing arguably the best tennis of his career, however, and already has one tournament title under his belt this season.
Round 1 of this tournament got underway on Monday, April 7 and the champion is scheduled to be crowned just a week later.
The following slides will recap the action as the tournament progresses.
Sunday, April 13
Sunday's singles showdown featured an all-Spanish final between No. 8 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and fourth-seed favorite Marcel Granollers. It was a match for national pride that lived up to the hype, so read on to find out how it unfolded.
(8) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. (4) Marcel Granollers - 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
After dropping the opening set 7-5, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez rallied to take the last two sets from Spanish compatriot Marcel Granollers to take the title at the Grand Prix Hassan II. The first set saw three total breaks despite the slim margin that gave Granollers the early advantage.
Both players struggled in their service games in the second set, with Granollers hitting just 50 percent of his first serves in and Garcia-Lopez hitting it in play just 44 percent of the time. It was Garcia-Lopez who got two of the three breaks this time around, though, pushing the match to a decisive third set.
Garcia-Lopez then faced just one break point in the third, losing just five total points on his serve and breaking Granollers three out of four times en route to triumphing on the clay court.
This marks the third career singles titles for Garcia-Lopez, a 30-year-old veteran who started this tournament projected to fare far worse than he did in ultimately capturing the title. The lack of power on display from Granollers shows that he has to become a better returner to have a chance at contending for more trophies.
Saturday, April 12
There were three matches at the Grand Prix Hassan II event on Saturday, two semifinal singles matches and the doubles final, setting the stage for an epic final Sunday. Here's a look at the results, which didn't feature any real surprises based on seeds.
(4) Marcel Granollers def. (6) Federico Delbonis - 6-1, 6-4
(8) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Roberto Carballes Baena - 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-4
(1) Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau def. Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy - 6-2, 6-2
One day after he was eliminated from doubles competition, Federico Delbonis' singles run at the Grand Prix Hassan II ended in defeat at the hands of Marcel Granollers.
Granollers, who is ranked 36th in the world, will be joined in the finals by a fellow Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who needed three sets to knockout Roberto Carballes Baena.
Following his victory over Delbonis, Granollers told ATPWorldTour.com that he was looking forward to the battle with his fellow countryman to determine the champion.
“I’m happy that I managed to win in two sets and I’m looking forward to a Spanish final tomorrow,” Granollers said.
Both Granollers and Garcia-Lopez are looking for their first singles titles in 2014, though they have each won an event in doubles competition.
Speaking of doubles play, top-ranked Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau made quick work of Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy in the finals. It's the third doubles title at this event for Tecau and the duo didn't lose a set at this year's tournament.
Friday, April 11
With Friday complete, all four quarterfinals in the singles competition and the semifinals in the doubles competition are in the books. Let's take a look back at the action, including an upset in doubles play.
Federico Delbonis def. Victor Hanescu, 7-6, 6-3
(8) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Benoit Paire, 7-5, 7-6
(4) Marcel Granollers def. Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0
Roberto Carballes Baena def. Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-4, 6-2
(1) Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau def. Daniele Bracciali and Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 6-4
Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy def. (2) Jamie Murray and John Peers, 6-3, 7-5
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Federico Delbonis on Friday. On one hand, he won his singles match against Victor Hanescu in straight sets. On the other, he and Daniele Bracciali were eliminated in the doubles competition.
Of course, you could hardly fault them for losing to the top-seeded team in the tournament.
And it's been quite the year for Delbonis. The win was his 10th on clay courts this year, he's now reached his second semifinal and he earned his first title this season in Sao Paulo earlier in the year. Can you say fast riser?
The match of the day was between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Benoit Paire, and after, the winner seemed quite relieved with the result.
“I'm happy that I managed to win today," Garcia-Lopez told ATPWorldTour.com. "Benoit is a tricky player and this is my first win against him. I got a bit nervous during the second set and the break at 5-5 was crucial.”
Marcel Granollers survived a first-set loss to roll over Pablo Carreno Busta in the next two sets—nine aces certainly aided him in that regard—while Roberto Carballes Baena cruised to victory in the other quarterfinal.
The doubles tournament will certainly end on a high note, as the top-seeded teams will face one another to determine the champion. With both teams earning relatively comfortable wins in the semifinals, expect an epic showdown.
Thursday, April 10
Upon the conclusion of Thursday's action, six more singles matches, and two doubles matches, are now in the books. The day featured plenty of thrilling action and some improbable upsets. Here's a look at the day's results:
Pablo Carreno Busta defeats Aleksandr Nedovyesov; 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3)
Roberto Carballes Baena defeats (5) Joao Sousa; 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-2
(3) Benoit Paire defeats Albert Montanes; 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
(4) Marcel Granollers defeats Albert Ramos; 6-3, 7-6(3)
Andrey Kuznetsov defeats Jiri Vesely; 6-2, 3-1
(8) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeats Carlos Berlocq; 6-2, 7-5
Daniele Bracciali/Federico Delbonis defeat (4) Oliver Marach/Florin Mergea; 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-6
Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy deafeat (3) Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray; 2-6, 6-4, 10-8
On a day full of upset victories, one man flourished in a big way.
Benoit Paire reached the tournament's quarterfinals for a third-consecutive year after defeating Albert Montanes in three sets on Thursday.
This victory was huge for Paire, as he has been sidelined for the past two months with a knee injury. Paire looks fully recovered, as his serve was on point against Montanes, allowing him to record 13 aces on the day.
Paire expressed his delight to be playing again during an interview with ATPWorldTour.com:
I'm very happy to be back on the court. The quarterfinal against Garcia-Lopez will be a tough match since he's a great clay-court player. I've played him a few times and the matches were always very close.
The Frenchman will have an advantage during his next matchup, as he holds a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Garcia-Lopez.
Garcia-Lopez is the tournament's eighth-ranked player and had a fine day on Thursday as well. He defeated Carlos Berlocq in consecutive sets.
The biggest surprise on the day was the loss suffered by fifth-ranked Joao Sousa. He was expected to do well here, but was outmatched in a marathon three-hour contest by a surging Roberto Carballes Baena on Thursday.
Two shocking upsets took place during the day's doubles matches, as the third-seeded British duo of Fleming and Marray lost on a tiebreak. Also losing on a tiebreak were fourth-seeded Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea, as Daniele Bracciali and Federico Delbonis were in top form on Thursday.
Wednesday, April 9
The third day of action at the 2014 Grand Prix Hassan II saw an additional 12 matches play out as the tournament began to distinguish those who are true threats for winning the singles and doubles titles. Here is an overview of the results from Wednesday:
Victor Hanescu def. No. 1 Kevin Anderson; 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Federico Delbonis def. Filip Peliwo; 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4
Aleksandr Nedovyesov def. No. 7 Robin Haase; 7-6 (6), 6-4
Pablo Carreno Busta def. Tobias Kamke; 6-1, 6-2
Jiri Vesely def. Leonardo Mayer; 6-4, 6-3
Albert Montanes def. Kenny De Schepper; 6-2, 6-3
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Mikhail Kukushkin; 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6)
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau def. Leonardo Mayer/Carlos Berlocq; 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Jamie Murray/John Peers def. Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa; 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez/Philipp Oswald; 6-2, 6-4
Daniele Bracciali/Federico Delbonis def. Martin Fischer/Rogier Wassen; 6-2, 6-3
Lukas Dlouhy/Tomasz Bednarek def. Christopher Kas/Julian Knowle; 6-3, 6-4
Top singles seed Kevin Anderson fell in a shocking upset to Victor Hanescu in straight sets, each ending in a score of 6-4. Anderson figured to challenge for the title since he made the final in 2013, but his run has come to a premature, unexpected end.
But that wasn't the only upset of the day. Robin Haase, a seventh seed, was defeated in a tense opening-set tiebreaker before falling in the second set 6-4. That knocks out two of the marquee contenders already, opening up the field for the rest of the players.
Sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis managed to avoid a similar fate by eliminating Filip Peilwo in three sets. Delbonis was unable to dispose of the unseeded upstart in a second-set tiebreaker before closing it out in the decisive frame.
The rest of the singles matches were straight-sets victories, but Spanish standout Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was pushed to tiebreakers in both sets in defeating Mikhail Kukushkin.
As for the doubles action, a tough day on the court continued for Leonardo Mayer, who lost in singles and then fell with his partner to the No. 1 seed tandem of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, 6-1, 6-1.
That unfortunate fate for Mayer in doubles also held true for Garcia-Lopez. He fell in the doubles to the No. 3-seeded team, Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray, though he did win his singles showdown like Pablo Carreno Busta.
Delbonis managed to go 2-0 on the day in winning both his singles and doubles matches.
The fourth day of tennis promises to be all the more compelling due to the absences of Anderson and Haase from the field, which could inspire more unseeded players to perform at a high level. Adjusting to the beginning of clay-court season is a factor that can allow the underdogs to be more aggressive and attack the more seasoned pros trying to find their grooves.
Among those scheduled to play on Thursday Garcia-Lopez, who will look to continue his singles run along with the third through fifth seeds in Benoit Paire, Marcel Granollers and Joao Sousa respectively. If Day 3 was any indication, perhaps more upsets are in store.
Tuesday, April 8
The Grand Prix Hassan II tournament got into full swing on the second day of competition, with seven matches taking place between singles and doubles play. Here's a look at the results from Tuesday's action:
Roberto Carballes Baena def. David Goffin; 6-2, 7-5
Albert Ramos def. Lamine Ouahab; 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Victor Hanescu def. Hicham Khaddari; 7-6(3), 6-3
Filip Peliwo def. Filippo Volandri; 7-6(6), 6-3
No. 6 Federico Delbonis def. Gilles Simon; 6-4, 6-4
Carlos Berocq/Leonardo Mayer def. Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi; 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 Oliver Marach/Florin Mergea def. Mikhail Kukushkin/Aleksandr Nedovyesov; 6-3, 6-1
Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa def. Ayoub Chakrouni/Younes Rachidi; 6-1, 4-6, 10-1
Only a couple of the top contenders in the field took to the court, but both came away with easy victories on Day 2 of the competition.
Federico Delbonis, the No. 6 player in the tournament, cruised to a win in straight sets over Gilles Simon. Neither player was dominant with their service game, as both came away with just one ace in the first set of the match.
Both players were relatively even throughout the match, but Delbonis separated himself with first-serve points won, edging out Simon 60 percent to 46 percent. Delbonis also saved two break points to keep momentum on his side.
Many of the matches were straight set victories, but Albert Ramos had to work slightly harder against Lamine Ouahab to get the win after dropping the second set.
On the doubles side, Ouahab appeared to be winded as he dropped his second match of the day with partner Mehdi Ziadi. The pair was ousted easily by Carlos Berocq and Leonardo Mayer, winning just five games during the two sets.
The only seeded team to take the court was No. 4 Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea, who made quick work of Mikhail Kukushkin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. After struggling through the beginning of the first set with four double faults, the No. 4 duo rallied to take both sets with a 6-3, 6-1 win.
Following the action on Tuesday, some of the best players in the competition will take the court in No. 1 Kevin Anderson along with No. 7 Robin Haase. The excitement from Day 2 should boil over as some of the world's best get started on Day 3 looking for a title in Casablanca.
Monday, April 7
The event got off to a light start on Monday with just two matches taking place. Have a look at those results.
Monday Round 1 Results
(5) Joao Sousa def. Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-4
Carlos Berlocq def. Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1
Fifth-seeded Joao Sousa advanced to the second round with little resistance. He posted a straight-set victory over Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-4.
This match was decided on the serve. Sousa was fantastic with his. He won 81 percent of his first-serve points and faced just two break points. He won one of those. Meanwhile, he broke his opponent's serve twice in each set.
Sousa now awaits the winner of the match between David Goffin and Roberto Carballes Baena.
In the day's other match, Carlos Berlocq had an even easier time in advancing. Again, this contest came down to serving and Russia's Teymurachz Gabashvili was not on point. He connected on just 37 percent of his first serves and wound up with eight double faults. Meanwhile, Berlocq won 69 percent of his first-serve points.
He awaits the winner of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (8) and Mikhail Kukushkin.
It's on to Tuesday now, where four singles matches await.